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Return to the realm of the sacred as you face climate change

Dr. Jeffrey Kiehl has decades of experience as both a Jungian analyst and a climate scientist. In this moving course, he discusses Jungian principles as they relate to human-provoked climate chaos. You’ll learn how personal and cultural complexes have split us off from nature. You’ll also learn how to find the bridge back to the natural world, back to the center of sacredness. Jeff has a calm command of the facts. He also offers deep assurance that climate change itself is held in the living transpersonal vessel where spirit and matter are one. By engaging with our fears for the planet we just might find the way to our deepest place in our living world.

Answer the call from the world’s soul. Your bravery makes a difference.

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Number of Classes:

4 On Demand Classes

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Class Length:

45 min, 80 min, 60 min, 45 min

What you will receive

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4 Video & Audio recordings

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Course Description

There’s a collective trauma that’s going on, namely climate change. Loss of species, pollution of many kinds, and global warming have radically altered our environment.  We may try to avoid it, deny it or distract ourselves from it, but the anxiety remains. Jeffrey Kiehl encourages us to face our fears. His view is scientific and soulful, sober and tender. He offers a deeply spiritual view of the endangered state of our natural world and our place in it.  Soulful activities like enjoying art, letting the imagination play, and forming dream groups are needed just as much as social action.

Jeffrey explains how the psyche is a self-balancing system, both on a personal and collective level. Knowing this, we’re better equipped to hold the tension rather than try to medicate or distract it away with busyness and buying.  When we make the time and space for the ego and unconscious to converse we serve as midwives to the birth of a new living symbol.  The new symbol that emerges bridges humans back to nature.

Jeffrey presents ecopsychology through Jung’s map of the psyche, Jung’s quintessential quotes and stories. Beginning with the center of consciousness, the ego, we see how our personal development and personal complexes influence our perception and experience of nature. Next Jeffrey explores how cultural complexes have contributed to our separation from nature. As we enter the still deeper realm of the collective unconscious we encounter the archetypal dimensions of environmental issues. 

Finally, Jeffrey considers synchronicities and the play of imagination as pathways to healing our split with nature. He offers his own favorite healing practices to reconnect us with our deepest inner nature. With support and tender attention we can reach the place where we realize we are kin to all beings.  When we live from this experience of unity we are helping to heal humanity’s collective estrangement from the natural world. 

Jeffrey extends a simple invitation: join in the work of this moment of transformation. His solid ecopsychology and his quiet bravery will help you keep loving the world through hard times.

This course is ideal if

You want to:

  • Find the courage to respond to the state of the natural world
  • Understand how we’ve become so disconnected from nature and how to help a new connection grow
  • Feel deeply supported by something collective while facing the gravity of where we are
  • Learn how Jung’s view of archetypal energy is embedded in the natural world

Course Overview

Class 1: Overview: Jung and ecopsychology 

Jeffrey opens with an introduction to Jung’s concept of individuation. The individuation process connects us to both outer and inner worlds. We become who we are through nature, not apart from it.  Jeffrey briefly shares some facts about global warming and our increasingly indoor life. He presents Jung’s map of the psyche and the Unus Mundus. He discusses ego development and touches on Jungian typology. He concludes with an overview of how different states of consciousness, from participation mystique to rationality and back to Unus Mundus, affect how we see and relate to the world.

Class 2: Projection and the Unconscious 

In this class Jeffrey begins by presenting and then questioning Jung’s view of projection. He shares Jung’s “geological” map of the psyche.  He looks at how the personal unconscious influences our perception of the environment, including how complexes and defenses alter our ability to integrate feelings about nature. He considers the role cultural complexes play in how we perceive and value the natural environment and concludes with a discussion of how individualism affects our relationship to nature.

Class 3: Archetypes and Nature 

Jeffrey begins by offering practical answers to the question “What can I do about the climate crisis?” Then he explores the archetypal dimensions of psyche and nature. He considers the role archetypal motifs play in our ability to connect to the natural world. He talks about mythic structures currently active around the issue of climate chaos and ends with a look at Jung’s concept of the self-regulation of psyche and nature. We learn about the importance of waiting.  We need to trust that a living symbol will emerge in response to our willingness to hold the tension rather than flee from it .

Class 4:  The psychoidal realm and Unus Mundus 

The psychoidal realm is where psyche and matter are one. Jeffrey explores how psychoidal processes provide the basis for experiencing the soul of nature.  He relates how the concept of the unus mundus opens us to the experience of interdependence. An attitude of humility is essential.  He concludes the series with healing practices from the Jungian lineage that can deepen our relationship with the sacredness of the everyday world.

By the end of this course you will

  • understand the role of changing states of consciousness in humanity’s estrangement from nature
  • recognize the role of defenses and personal and cultural complexes in the refusal to see or act on human-produced climate chaos
  • appreciate the importance of personal work with the unconscious for the collective healing of the planet
  • know more about Carl Jung’s views on the psychoid nature of archetypes, synchronicities and the kinship of all beings
  • have a list of effective healing practices, both for individual balance and creating community

Scholarships

We here at Jung Platform want to make these programs available to anyone. If you would love to participate yet can’t pay for the full course, then please send us an email at [email protected] and describe why you feel you qualify for a scholarship, how much you can pay, and what you will do to help the Jung Platform promote this and other programs.

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If once you have started the course, you feel that it may not be for you, you are welcome to cancel at no cost and get a full refund one week after the course starts.